2000 (6-5, 3-4 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
With victories in its last three games, Tulane ended its 2000 campaign by posting the program's third winning season in the last four years.
Following a 49-20 loss to Ole Miss that turned on a controversial interception, the Green Wave dropped a 37-17 decision at C-USA foe East Carolina while playing without quarterback Patrick Ramsey. In a critical contest vs. SMU, Tulane posted a 29-17 victory behind the passing of Ramsey (34-50, 347 yards), the running of freshman Mewelde Moore (104 yards) and the kicking of Seth Marler (three FGs).
The next week, Tulane held off Cincinnati to even its record at 2-2 as Moore passed the 100-yard mark for the third straight game. The Green Wave went to UL-Lafayette and prevailed by a single point as Roxie Shelvin blocked the potential game-tying PAT with under four minutes remaining.
A pair of losses dropped the Wave's record below .500 just in time for a visit to C-USA leader Louisville. Tulane battled the Cardinals to the final play before succumbing 35-32.
Tulane returned home for its final three contests. First, the Wave demolished Houston 41-23 as Ramsey hit four different receivers with touchdown passes and senior Adrian Burnette tallied 112 receiving yards. In the next game, Ramsey tied the school record with five touchdown passes and threw for 380 yards as Tulane topped Navy 50-38.
With a winning season riding on the season finale with Memphis, Tulane put together its best all-around performance of the year, dominating offensively and defensively to finish 6-5.
Ramsey finished the season with four straight 300-yard passing games. Offensive tackle Bernard Robertson and punter Casey Roussel picked up third team All-America honors and Moore's 890 rushing yards were the most by a Tulane back since 1970 and the highest total ever for a freshman. He was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S2 at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. NR/18 20-49 L 46,847 S16 at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. 17-37 L 38,517 S23 at SMU Dallas, Texas 29-17 W 26,375 S30 Cincinnati* New Orleans, La. 24-19 W 22,446 O7 at UL-Lafayette Lafayette, La. 38-37 W 20,113 O14 Southern Miss* New Orleans, La. NR/16 24-56 L 27,645 O21 at Army* West Point, N.Y. 17-21 L 40,107 O28 at Louisville* Louisville, Ky. 32-35 L 30,387 N4 Houston* New Orleans, La. 41-23 W 16,785 N11 Navy New Orleans, La. 50-38 W 20,081 N18 Memphis* New Orleans, La. 37-14 W 17,269
2001 (3-9, 1-6 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
Running back Mewelde Moore, quarterback Patrick Ramsey and kicker Seth Marler rewrote large sections of the Green Wave football record book as Tulane fielded one of its most explosive offensive units in 2001. The fireworks on the Tulane side of the scoreboard could not produce a winning season as Chris Scelfo's third Tulane team finished 3-9.
Moore, Tulane's first 1,000-yard rusher in over 50 years, broke Eddie Price's single-season record by rushing for 1,421 yards. He also became the first player in the history of NCAA Division I-A to rush for more than 1,250 yards and catch more than 60 passes in a season. Against Cincinnati, he set the Tulane and Conference USA single game records for rushing yards with 249, and against Navy, he became the first Tulane player to tally 100 rushing (131) and receiving (130) yards in the same game.
Ramsey set career marks for TD passes, completions, attempts and passing yards. After the season, he was named a National Scholar Athlete by the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.
Marler received the Lou Groza Award as the nation's outstanding kicker as he connected on 15 of 16 field goal attempts and was named to several All-America teams, including Tulane's first first-teamer since 1987.
The Green Wave's three wins were by decisive margins over Southern (41-7), TCU (48-22) and Navy (42-28).
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance A25 at BYU Provo, Utah 35-70 L 49,008 S1 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. NR/14 17-48 L 91,782 S8 East Carolina* New Orleans, La. 24-51 L 19,027 S22 UCF New Orleans, La. 29-36 L 17,497 S29 Southern New Orleans, La. 41-7 W 41,319 O6 at Cincinnati* Cincinnati, Ohio 33-46 L 20,091 O13 TCU* New Orleans, La. 48-22 W 18,778 O20 at UAB* Birmingham, Ala. 27-34 L 16,291 O27 at Army* West Point, N.Y. 35-42 L 35,281 N3 Louisville* New Orleans, La. 7-52 L 19,369 N10 at Navy Annapolis, Md. 42-28 W 31,456 N17 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. 6-59 L 24,054
2002 (8-5, 4-4 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
An aggressive and opportunistic defense, superior special teams play and a young offense that came together behind new quarterback J.P. Losman and star running back Mewelde Moore, propelled Tulane to just its second eight-plus win season since 1979.
The season culminated with a pair of upset victories as the Green Wave dominated Southern Miss, 31-10, in the regular season finale, earning a trip to the Hawai'i Bowl to meet Hawai'i on ESPN.
The heavily favored Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead and enjoyed a 14-6 halftime advantage before MVP Lynaris Elpheage returned two third-quarter punts - the first for a 60-yard touchdown and the second for 56 yards to set up another score - that turned the game around. Tulane took a 20-14 lead that it would not relinquish. The Wave defense collected eight sacks and forced three turnovers while Losman scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Moore ran for 116 yards in a 38-26 win.
To get to Hawai'i, the Green Wave overcame a brutal opening stretch that included three straight Conference USA road games. TU went 2-3 over the first month of the season with victories over Southern and Houston before falling to East Carolina and Memphis on the road, and to No. 3 Texas in the Superdome.
Tulane rebounded in October, ripping off four straight victories beginning with a 52-9 win at Louisiana-Monroe as the Green Wave defense did not allow a touchdown for the first time since 1997. A pair of victories over C-USA foes Cincinnati and UAB followed before Navy came to New Orleans for the homecoming game at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. In Tulane's first outdoor home game since 1974, Losman tied the school record with five TD passes and Moore broke the Green Wave career rushing record before a sellout crowd of 28,123.
Moore finished his junior season as just the second player in school history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The Green Wave defense led the nation in turnovers gained while surrendering just 21.7 points per game.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance A31 Southern New Orleans, La. 37-19 W 40,337 S7 at Houston* Houston, Texas 34-13 W 16,307 S14 at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. 20-24 L 35,300 S21 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. 10-38 L 32,120 S28 Texas New Orleans, La. NR/3 0-49 L 46,678 O5 at UL-Monroe Monroe, La. 52-9 W 11,645 O12 Cincinnati* New Orleans, La. 35-17 W 19,575 O19 UAB* New Orleans, La. 35-14 W 19,343 O26 Navy (TG) New Orleans, La. 51-30 W 28,123 N9 at TCU* Fort Worth, Texas 10-17 L 27,694 N16 Army* New Orleans, La. 10-14 L 19,421 N23 Southern Miss* New Orleans, La. 31-10 W 21,832 CONAGRA FOODS HAWAI'I BOWL D25 at Hawai'i Honolulu, Hawaii 36-28 W 35,513
2003 (5-7, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
Behind quarterback J.P. Losman and running back Mewelde Moore, Chris Scelfo's fifth team sprinted out to a 3-1 record before injuries decimated the Green Wave defense. A five-game losing streak in the middle of the season derailed Tulane's chances at a winning season, although the Wave came back to win two of its last three games. A narrow 28-14 road defeat at the hands of eventual Conference USA champion Southern Miss, in a game that hinged on a touchdown off a fake field goal attempt, kept the Green Wave from .500.
Tulane opened the season versus defending league champ TCU on ESPN. After falling behind 31-7, the Green Wave staged a thrilling comeback that fell just short in a 38-35 loss.
The Wave then won its next three contests. First, Losman hit Moore with a 23-yard TD to give Tulane an overtime victory over Northwestern State in the first night game at Tad Gormley Stadium. A week later versus Mississippi State, Barrett Pepper kicked a 32-yard field goal with six seconds left to cap a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback to give Tulane its first win over an SEC team in 25 games. Finally, Tulane defeated Army at West Point, 50-33, as Losman posted his fourth-straight 300-yard passing game.
Moore broke the Conference USA rushing record in the Texas game a week later, but the No. 14 Longhorns dominated the Green Wave, 63-18. Tulane then suffered a 45-42 defeat to Houston in the Homecoming game at Tad Gormley.
The losing streak continued at Louisville, where the Wave fell 47-28 in an ESPN contest, and at home versus Memphis. Each week new players were moved to the defensive line, where the Wave lost nearly two full sets of players to injury. A game at Navy brought Tulane's fifth consecutive loss, and the loss of Moore for the season with a broken hand.
Tulane broke the streak with a 38-24 win at UAB. The defense came up with four turnovers, Losman threw three touchdown passes, while Jovon Jackson gained 183 yards and scored two touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard run to seal the win.
The next week, Tulane gave up 17 first-quarter points to Southern Miss before fighting back. A Losman-Bush hook-up made the score 20-14, but USM put the game away on a 34-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt. Tulane ended the season on a bright note with a 28-18 win over East Carolina.
In the end, Moore left Tulane with 25 school and league rushing and all-purpose records while receiver Roydell Williams posted a 1,000-yard receiving season. Four defenders finished with more than 100 tackles, led by safety Tra Boger, as the Wave started 11 different lineups on defense during the year.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S1 TCU* New Orleans, La. NR/25 35-38 L 28,966 S6 Northwestern State (TG) New Orleans, La. 27-24 W 25,116 S13 Mississippi State New Orleans, La. 31-28 W 33,723 S20 at Army* West Point, N.Y. 50-33 W 27,024 S27 at Texas Austin, Texas NR/14 18-63 L 83,120 O11 Houston* (TG) New Orleans, La. 42-45 L 27,420 O17 at Louisville* Louisville, Ky. 28-47 L 38,119 O25 Memphis* New Orleans, La. 9-41 L 19,357 N1 at Navy Annapolis, Md. 17-35 L 27,417 N8 at UAB* Birmingham, Ala. 38-24 W 14,213 N15 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. 14-28 L 26,987 N22 East Carolina* New Orleans, La. 28-18 W 19,226
2004 (5-6, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
A three-game November winning streak and four victories in its last six contests lifted Tulane to its second straight five-win season in 2004. Along the way, the Green Wave upset a pair of bowl-bound teams and went on the road to defeat the defending Conference USA champions.
With a new starting quarterback in Lester Ricard, a defensive line made up of underclassmen, and faced with the task of replacing all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader Mewelde Moore, the Green Wave started slowly. In September, a home win over Florida A&M, highlighted by a three-touchdown, 134-yard rushing day by Jovon Jackson, was sandwiched between losses to Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
After falling at East Carolina on a last-second field goal, Tulane dropped a 49-24 decision at Memphis to fall to 1-4 on the season. However, on Homecoming at Tad Gormley Stadium, the Green Wave offense put on a show and the defense came up with critical stops as Tulane outscored UAB, 59-55. Ricard completed 36-of-49 passes for 417 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, three of which went to Roydell Williams, who caught 11 passes for 138 yards on the day. Chris Bush caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 27 seconds left.
Tulane lost at Houston, but returned home for its most impressive performance of the season, a 42-10 domination of bowl-bound Navy. Ricard was uncanny, completing 18-of-19 passes for 323 yards and four scores.
A week later versus Army, the Green Wave got 216 rushing yards and three TDs from freshman Matt Forté, and held on for a 45-31 win despite losing Ricard to a broken wrist.
With Ricard sidelined, freshman Richard Irvin provided the heroics the next week as Tulane upset defending C-USA champ TCU in Fort Worth, 35-31. Irvin completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and five TDs, while Bush caught six passes for 136 yards and two scores, including a 12-yarder with 43 seconds left that gave Tulane the win. Williams broke the school and league records for career touchdown catches in the game.
Although the Wave was unable to slow No. 7 Louisville a week later in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season due to Hurricane Ivan, the 2004 season provided a promising glimpse of things to come.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S4 at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. 7-28 L 52,114 S11 Florida A&M New Orleans, La. 39-19 W 23,214 S25 Southern Miss* New Orleans, La. 14-32 L 27,211 O9 at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. 25-27 L 29,584 O16 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. 24-49 L 32,897 O23 UAB (TG)* New Orleans, La. 59-55 W 22,541 O30 at Houston* Houston, Texas 3-24 L 17,204 N6 Navy New Orleans, La. 42-10 W 21,484 N13 Army* New Orleans, La. 45-31 W 20,357 N27 at TCU* Fort Worth, Texas 35-31 W 24,362 D4 Louisville* New Orleans, La. NR/7 7-55 L 22,169
2005 (2-9, 1-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
Spirits were high when the 2005 team met in August to begin preseason practice. After all, the squad returned 44 letterwinners and 17 starters from the team of a year ago.
But before the Green Wave took a single snap against outside competition, life chenged for the team, the University and the Greater New Orleans Area as Hurricane Katrina forced the cancellation of the fall semester.
After an evacuation to Jackson, Miss., a pitstop in Dallas and a relocation to Ruston, La., the Green Wave lived the life of nomads as Tulane played 11 games in 11 weeks in 11 different stadiums while going 2-9.
The Green Wave played hard in the opener against Mississippi State, but with the score knotted at 14-all, a fourth-quarter fumble led to a Bulldog score with 7:44 left to play.
The squad bounced back well the following week at SMU, as Lester Ricard completed 22 of 34 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Wave dumped SMU in the C-USA opener for both teams. A week later, Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana, but that would be the final victory of the year for the boys in olive and blue.
The Green Wave never gave in to its opponents or its circumstances, but in the end, injuries to key personnel and the effects of being dislocated by the storm finally caught up with the team.
Ricard led the team with 1,932 yards through the air, Matt Forté paced the club with 655 yards rushing, and Preston Brown enjoyed a break-through season at wideout where he snared 47 passes for 720 yards and six touchdowns.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S17 Mississippi State Shreveport, La. 14-21 L 16,421 S24 at SMU* Dallas, Texas 31-10 W 15,681 O1 Southeastern Louisiana Baton Rouge, La. 28-21 W 16,826 O8 Houston* Lafayette, La. 14-35 L 15,454 O14 UTEP* Ruston, La. 21-45 L 13,153 O22 at UCF* Orlando, Fla. 24-34 L 15,009 O29 Marshall* Mobile, Ala. 26-27 L 13,290 N5 at Navy Annapolis, Md. 21-49 L 33,608 N12 at Rice* Houston, Texas 34-42 L 9,162 N19 Tulsa* Monroe, La. 14-38 L 10,306 N26 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. 7-26 L 28,730
2006 (4-6, 2-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo
Chris Scelfo's final year at Tulane was an up-and-down season. After spending the entire 2005 campaign away from its uptown campus because of damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina, the Green Wave returned home for the 2006 season. However, Tulane was once again forced to play 12 games during a 12-week stretch.
The Wave opened the season with a dismal showing at Houston, but rebounded with a convincing, 32-29, victory at Mississippi State the following week. Tulane and LSU renewed their rivalry with the first of 10 straight meetings. In the first game between the two schools in five years, the Tigers topped the Wave, 49-7.
Tulane played its first home game in the Superdome since 2004 when it hosted SMU in the opener. The Greenies battled back and took a late lead, but the Mustangs returned the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown to seize control of the game and Tulane dropped to 1-3.
The following weeks, Tulane cruised past eventual New Orleans Bowl participant Rice, 38-24, but fell at UTEP. Tulane's offense moved the ball at will at No. 8 Auburn, but, suffered three turnovers inside the red zone and could not recover in a 38-13 loss.
Tulane returned home and dispatched Army, 42-28, on homecoming behind quarterback Lester Ricard, who passed for 409 yards and three scores.
The Wave gave Marshall a tough fight on the road and the game was tied, 21-21, heading into the fourth quarter. However, Tulane lost the services of leading rusher Matt Forté for the season when he suffered a season-ending injury making a tackle following a TU interception. Without Forte in the lineup, Marshall scored 21 unanswered points and prevailed, 42-21.
Tulane managed a 1-2 record to finish the season, including a victory over UCF. Scelfo became the school's career leader for most games coached during the season, but was relieved of his coaching duties shortly after the final game at Tulsa.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S9 at Houston* Houston, Texas 7-45 L 16,506 S16 at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. 32-29 W 38,130 S23 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. NR/10 7-49 L 92,135 S30 SMU* New Orleans, La. 28-33 L 21,565 O7 Rice* New Orleans, La. 38-24 W 15,064 O14 at UTEP* El Paso, Texas 20-34 L 35,930 O21 at Auburn Auburn, Ala. NR/8 13-38 L 79,837 O28 Army New Orleans, La. 42-28 W 21,053 N4 at Marshall* Huntington, W.Va. 21-42 L 25,128 N11 Southern Miss* New Orleans, La. 3-31 L 21,687 N18 UCF* New Orleans, La. 10-9 W 15,341 N24 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. 3-38 L 15,502
2007 (4-8, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo
A new era in Tulane football began in 2007 with first-year head coach Bob Toledo taking over the reins of the Green Wave program. Toledo brought with him a proven West Coast offense and a resume full of success, but the season belonged to one player-- Matt Forté. Forté mesmerized defenses with his running ability and gave the Tulane faithful an once-in-a-lifetime experience throughout the season.
Forté galloped for a Tulane single-season records with 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns on 361 carries while ranking second on the team with 32 receptions for another 282 yards through the air. His rushing total and 177.2 rushing yards per game average ranked second in the NCAA in 2007, and he also ranked second nationally in scoring with 11.7 points per game. Forté's 2,127 rushing yards marked the seventh-best single-season rushing total in NCAA history and he became the 11th all-time player in to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in one season. He registered eight games with 100-plus yards, including three 200-plus yard games and two 300-plus yards contests.
Despite Forté's heroic efforts, Tulane opened the season with a 1-5 record before Forte ran for a school and Conference USA single games record 342 yards and scored four touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to down SMU in Dallas, 41-34.
Tulane won two of its final three games of the year, including convincing wins over UTEP and Rice in back-to-back games, but dropped heartbreakers to Army (in overtime), UAB and Memphis by a combined nine points.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S8 Mississippi State New Orleans, La. 17-38 L 31,076 S15 Houston* New Orleans, La. 10-34 L 21,311 S22 Southeastern Louisiana New Orleans, La. 35-27 W 17,611 S29 LSU New Orleans, La. NR/2 9-34 L 58,769 O6 at Army (OT) West Point, N.Y. 17-20 L 30,022 O13 at UAB* Birmingham, Ala. 21-26 L 24,144 O20 at SMU* (OT) Dallas, Texas 41-34 W 14,901 O27 Memphis* New Orleans, La. 27-28 L 23,267 N3 Tulsa* New Orleans, La. 25-49 L 15,271 N10 UTEP* New Orleans, La. 34-19 W 15,479 N17 at Rice* Houston, Texas 45-31 W 11,539 N24 at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. 12-35 L 35,362
2008 (2-10, 1-7 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo
A season with a promising 2-2 start ended in disappointment as injuries decimated the Green Wave in 2008 and the team fi nished with a mark of 2-10. Tulane stayed toe-to-toe with 13th-ranked Alabama before falling late and dropped a heartbreaking contest to No. 14 East Carolina in the fi nal minutes to begin the season 0-2.
Tulane rebounded with consecutive wins over in-state school UL-Monroe and Conference USA rival SMU to improve to 2-2. However, devastating injuries began to mount beginning with the fi fth game of the year with the loss to Army, and TU did not crack the win column again. By the time the clock hit 0:00 in the season fi nale at Memphis, Tulane had lost 17 players to season-ending injuries and many other players were sidelined with nagging injuries as well.
Among the casualties was leading rusher André Anderson, who was named a Doak Walker Award candidate, and top receiver Jeremy Williams. The team's much-needed depth was gradually depleted over the course of the season and by the end of the year Tulane was relying on back-ups and true freshmen to fi ll in the holes alongside the remaining starters.
Despite the adverse season, Tulane placed a combined three players on the All-Conference USA First and Second Teams and offensive lineman Troy Kropog, who played in the Under Armour Senior Bowl and was drafted in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans, while center Michael Parenton signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S6 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. NR/13 6-20 L 92,138 S12 East Carolina* New Orleans, La. NR/14 24-28 L 27,189 S20 UL-Monroe New Orleans, La. 24-10 W 23,419 S25 SMU* New Orleans, La. 34-27 W 25,643 O4 Army (TG) New Orleans, La. 13-44 L 23,794 O11 at UTEP* El Paso, Texas 21-24 L 33,121 O25 Rice* New Orleans, La. 17-42 L 17,841 N1 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. NR/15 10-35 L 92,136 N8 at Houston* Houston, Texas 14-42 L 23,522 N15 UAB* New Orleans, La. 24-41 L 18,614 N22 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. 7-56 L 20,391 N29 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. 6-45 L 15,012
2009 (3-9, 1-7 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo
Despite an overall record of 3-9, the 2009 Green Wave football team will go down as the first squad to feature a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season and the season was highlighted with the most prolific freshman quarterback in school history.
The Tulane senior duo of running back André Anderson and receiver Jeremy Williams etched their names in the TU annals after Anderson, a Doak Walker candidate, ran for 1,016 yards, becoming the fourth back in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in a single season, and Williams, a Fred Biletnikoff candidate, caught 84 passes for 1,113 yards, the fourth best effort in school history. Together, Anderson and Williams accounted for 17 touchdowns and 3,009 all-purpose yards.
Tulane changed quarterbacks at the midway point of the season and redshirt-freshman quarterback Ryan Griffin took over for Joe Kemp and finished 141-of-222 for 1,382 yards and nine touchdowns. Griffin's completions, attempts, passing yardage and touchdown totals were the most by a Tulane freshman in school history.
The Green Wave struggled to a 0-2 start with losses at home to Conference USA rival Tulsa and to No. 9 BYU, but the team rebounded with a victory over McNeese State and the following week at Army with a field goal in the final minutes for a thrilling come-from-behind victory.
Tulane returned home with a chance to get past the .500 mark, but a 31-10 loss to Marshall on homecoming was the start of a four-game skid. Tulane recorded its last win of the season in the home finale with a 45-38 decision over UTEP.
The Green Wave played its final three games of the season on the road and failed to crack the win column again.
Ranking Date Opponent Location Tul/Opp Score Result Attendance S4 Tulsa* New Orleans, La. 13-37 L 27,638 S12 BYU New Orleans, La. 3-54 L 26,224 S26 McNeese State New Orleans, La. 42-32 W 29,028 O3 at Army West Point, N.Y. 17-16 W 26,076 O10 Marshall* New Orleans, La. 10-31 L 28,312 O17 Houston* New Orleans, La. NR/23 16-44 L 22,891 O24 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. 6-43 L 30,541 O31 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. NR/9 0-42 L 92,031 N7 UTEP* (OT) New Orleans, La. 45-38 W 16,791 N14 at Rice* Houston, Texas 20-28 L 14,728 N21 at UCF* Orlando, Fla. 0-49 L 31,390 N28 at SMU* Dallas, Texas 21-26 L 20,335(TG) - at Tad Gormley Stadium